Americans Need to be Ready for the Enemy's Propaganda

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, October 25, 2001

Americans Need to be Ready for the Enemy's Propaganda

The news is reporting that the Taliban are hiding among civilians and using them as shields against U.S. air strikes and ground operations in Afghanistan. That is typical of what cowards do. They slaughter innocent civilians and then hide behind other innocents. When our bombs or bullets kill some of the innocents, the Taliban allow pictures to be shot of the bloodied bodies to weaken American resolve.

You see what they're doing, don't you? They're trying to replay Vietnam in our minds. We had better be planning a P.R. as well as a military response. The world must be rid of these people. One of them said on TV yesterday that he hopes Muslims kill Americans wherever they are. Isn't that a pleasant thought?

Vice President Cheney says we may never be able to go back to the way we were. That's not necessarily bad when you think of it. We were slothful, and self-focused. Now the Taliban has our attention and we appear increasingly focused on higher things. It's going to be a long war.